How many miles of spaghetti do Americans consume yearly? What linear speed does this represent (i.e., how fast would a single strand have to be slurped to cover that distance in a year)?

How much wrapping paper do Americans use yearly?

Look for the answers online at tpt.aapt.org. Question suggestions are always welcome! For more Fermi questions and answers, see the now available Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today’s Problems on the Back of a Napkin, by Lawrence Weinstein (Princeton University Press, 2012).

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